Farrar Pond is an 88-acre pond in the southwestern corner of Lincoln. A wooded trail offers winding scenic vistas along the southern shoreline.
Farrar Pond was originally a low-lying hay field called Oaky Bottom. In the early 1900s, Edward R. Farrar flooded Oaky Bottom to create the pond we see today. Recognizing the area’s conservation value and the appeal for development, the Town, a residential developer, and the LLCT created an open space and development plan for the Pond in the 1970s. These proactive planning measures allowed development on the upland sections of the pond and ensured conservation along the pond’s shoreline.
Park at Canoe Landing or the overflow lot on Route 117. Walk along the road for about 50 feet and turn into the driveway entrance to 17 South Great Road. DO NOT PARK IN THE DRIVEWAY. This is a private driveway with a trail easement. Follow the driveway to the mini cul-de-sac. Enter the driveway on the right. The trail entrance is right before the gate. Walk along the trail, keeping the fence to your left and the house on your right. Follow the trail to the earthen dam. Here, stop and enjoy the view of Farrar Pond to your left. This is prime bird watching territory. After the dam, the trail splits. Take the path to the left to follow the pond’s shoreline. The trail to the right leads to the housing development. Follow the shoreline, enjoying the winding path and lovely view. Retrace your steps to return to the parking lot. To reach the far side of the pond and return is approximately 3 miles.
Please note that Farrar Pond is privately owned and is not accessible for public fishing or boating. The trails around the pond are open to the public for hiking. Across the street from Farrar Pond, there is a public parking area “Canoe Landing” and an overflow lot that provides canoe and kayaking access to the Sudbury River/Fairhaven Bay. As a reminder, fishing in public water bodies requires a Massachusetts Fishing license.
LocationParking is available at Canoe Landing on Route 117 (also provides access to Mount Misery). Park here and walk west along Route 117 for fifty feet. Turn left into the driveway entrance to 17 South Great Road. Follow the driveway to the trail entrance at the end. Do not park in the driveway.
TrailsAs the pond is privately owned, swimming and fishing are not permitted.
- Wildlife Viewing